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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

I would wear my Rolex Sub-C diving as a backup. I didn't baby that thing at all.

Backup for what? So you know precisely what time it is when the one in a billion scenario occurs where you and your buddy's computers fail at the same time? smile.gif Seriously tho, I certainly understand if you enjoy wearing it and I envy you for not being afraid to use it as it was intended and subject it to that kind of wear and tear. As mentioned earlier, I'm the type that would take it off before going to the gym, swimming, sports, etc. I just cringe at thought of my pieces being unnecessarily banged up.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Happy Friday gents! smile.gif

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TC - I was in Houston last weekend and saw 2 AP 15400 at the same restaurant (El Tiempo - Montrose).

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Originally Posted by Viral View Post

TC - I was in Houston last weekend and saw 2 AP 15400 at the same restaurant (El Tiempo - Montrose).

I like y'all roll icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Really?! Wow, and that's the shitty El Tiempo location too! LOL I have never seen a Royal Oak let alone a 15400 in Houston. I've seen a handful of ROOs but even those are pretty rare sightings in these parts!
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Backup for what? So you know precisely what time it is when the one in a billion scenario occurs where you and your buddy's computers fail at the same time? smile.gif Seriously tho, I certainly understand if you enjoy wearing it and I envy you for not being afraid to use it as it was intended and subject it to that kind of wear and tear. As mentioned earlier, I'm the type that would take it off before going to the gym, swimming, sports, etc. I just cringe at thought of my pieces being unnecessarily banged up.
Basically...haha. Safety first!

I didn't take my Sub off for anything. And honestly, after wearing it non-stop (including diving) for 2 years it still looked almost new when I sold it off. I miss it sometimes.
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

Basically...haha. Safety first!

I didn't take my Sub off for anything. And honestly, after wearing it non-stop (including diving) for 2 years it still looked almost new when I sold it off. I miss it sometimes.

I've had my Sub for 13 years and it has been with me on every dive trip around the world (but stayed in the hotel safe when I was on the boat). LOL This watch holds up remarkably well. Aside from the first year or so of ownership, I have never babied it either and it would probably qualify as "near mint/excellent" except for a scratch in the bezel.

I'm actually so conflicted about the Sub because I feel guilty not wearing it. I'm so excited about my recent acquisitions that it gets zero wrist time, and I feel like it's so wastefull just sitting in the winder. I even asked Mrs. TC if she wanted me to resize it for her, and that went nowhere except sparking a pretty heated debate about how I came to know that Charlize Theron wears a DSSD. (Seriously?) I'm thinking I should send it off for a service and see if I miss it at all while its gone. It was a gift from my father so I don't think I could ever sell it in good conscience. I will probably give it to my son when/if he gets interested in watches and is of an age where he can take care of nice things.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

I've had my Sub for 13 years and it has been with me on every dive trip around the world (but stayed in the hotel safe when I was on the boat). LOL This watch holds up remarkably well. Aside from the first year or so of ownership, I have never babied it either and it would probably qualify as "near mint/excellent" except for a scratch in the bezel.

I'm actually so conflicted about the Sub because I feel guilty not wearing it. I'm so excited about my recent acquisitions that it gets zero wrist time, and I feel like it's so wastefull just sitting in the winder. I even asked Mrs. TC if she wanted me to resize it for her, and that went nowhere except sparking a pretty heated debate about how I came to know that Charlize Theron wears a DSSD. (Seriously?) I'm thinking I should send it off for a service and see if I miss it at all while its gone. It was a gift from my father so I don't think I could ever sell it in good conscience. I will probably give it to my son when/if he gets interested in watches and is of an age where he can take care of nice things.
I don't know if I'll ever own a Rolex again, but I did enjoy my Sub when I had it (them, actually). Just got tired of the "generic, run of them mill" Rolex thing.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

I have lived in Louisiana for around four years now. This morning is the first that I have woken up with ice on my windshield! No longer equipped with an ice scraper, I had to make due with some room temperature water, a credit card, and this icy blue beauty:


Nuke, luverly, warms my heart nod[1].gif

And TC of course, nice fit too dude nod[1].gif
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great info, dino. it really is odd now that you point it out that a diving watch would be made without crown shoulders.

i wonder if its more about many luxury "sports" watches really being more sports themed than actual practical utilitarian sports watches for rugged use.
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

great info, dino. it really is odd now that you point it out that a diving watch would be made without crown shoulders.

i wonder if its more about many luxury "sports" watches really being more sports themed than actual practical utilitarian sports watches for rugged use.
Exactly
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

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Interesting, that is a REALLY good point. I do tend to like dive watches without shoulders, impractical as they may be. But I also have never been diving, so YMMV.

I could see that being a big sticking point though.

Just funny to see where IWC has progressed--they used to put out such "pure" designs.
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Originally Posted by rnguy001 View Post

I like the old model AT, but have never held one nor seen one in the metal so it's hard to know for sure. The design seems very classic IWC and seems to be one of the more desired models from previous IWC fans. I had the Galapagos which I loved, but ultimately traded up.

Albeit I don't dive much, but for recreational water sports,snorkeling etc (which accounts for the activities of probably 99% of most 'dive' watch owners..), it was great. The new AT's: I thought I would like at first, but am put off a little by the hands looking a little short (I know, it's because of the rotating internal bezel..), and the size of some of the models seems a bit much. And that's coming from me..

Still want to try them on before I make a final judgement though. I do miss my old Galapagos though. The rubber held up without any problems and I put it through a hell of a lot too.

That is interesting. I heard some problems with the Galapagos, namely the rubber just falling off. That could have been an isolated incident though.

And I actually like the last generation of the Aquatimer. The sapphire bezel was pretty neato. I never saw it in the metal though, so I cannot say much regarding whether it looked plasticky.
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

This is the only recent IWC dive watch offering that I kind of liked....the 2008 LE "vintage" version. Never did see one IRL.

Of course you could get a very similar compressor-styled Longines for far less.

Edit: pic stolen from aBlogtoWatch

I too really liked the 2008 LE vintage version. I thought it was very attractive.
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

I much prefer the old design and think it deserved a longer production run. Just like the Inge 3227, Pilot Mk XV, BP 5002, Pilot chrono & double chrono 3706 & 3713, to me, the Aquatimer 3536 looked much better than what has come after. Same for the Portuguese line after they replaced the cursive script on the dial.

If nothing else, their philanthropic strategy of putting out easily resistable products is greatly successful.

I miss the cursive script. I wish they kept it on their dress watches. I thought it was really nice. The old Portuguese models are lovely.
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Originally Posted by Cleav View Post

Nuke, luverly, warms my heart nod[1].gif

And TC of course, nice fit too dude nod[1].gif

Thanks Cleav! Glad you enjoyed it!
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post
 Although mostly a moot point as dive watches have been replaced by dive computers for the most part.

Agreed.  I was simply sharing the thoughts of someone that actually was a professional diver, and who chose a Sub as his companion for his work.  Yes, today dive computers are relied upon by divers, so true diving watches are maybe more entertainment and some brand history, rather than a necessity (other than if someone wants some old fashioned back up device).

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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

This is the only recent IWC dive watch offering that I kind of liked....the 2008 LE "vintage" version. Never did see one IRL.



Of course you could get a very similar compressor-styled Longines for far less.
 

 

Interesting, but as you pointed out Longines has a version.  Although, when I see compressor style watches my first thought is always JLC. 

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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post


I much prefer the old design and think it deserved a longer production run. Just like the Inge 3227, Pilot Mk XV, BP 5002, Pilot chrono & double chrono 3706 & 3713, to me, the Aquatimer 3536 looked much better than what has come after. Same for the Portuguese line after they replaced the cursive script on the dial.
If nothing else, their philanthropic strategy of putting out easily resistable products is greatly successful.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Maturestyle View Post
 

 

I own several vintage watches.  This is one of my favorites.  1972 Rolex Datejust.

 

A classic.  Thanks for sharing a photo with us. 

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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

As mentioned earlier, I'm the type that would take it off before going to the gym, swimming, sports, etc. I just cringe at thought of my pieces being unnecessarily banged up.

 

I have to admit that my first GMT and Daytona were everyday wearers that I used for everything even contact sports or rugged activities.  Both survived everything I put them through, and both were traded for more than I paid for them.  

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

great info, dino. it really is odd now that you point it out that a diving watch would be made without crown shoulders.

i wonder if its more about many luxury "sports" watches really being more sports themed than actual practical utilitarian sports watches for rugged use.

Yes, until that professional diver pointed out the Aquatimer's lack of shoulders I never really considered how important they were on a dive watch.  

 

I agree, today most sports watches, are sports themed watches that can be used for their particular sport, but are truly made for keeping up brand tradition/history.  The bulk of my Sub's wear and tear is at the office, not in the ocean.

 

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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post


Interesting, that is a REALLY good point. I do tend to like dive watches without shoulders, impractical as they may be. But I also have never been diving, so YMMV.

I could see that being a big sticking point though.

For the average recreational use, the shoulders on a diving watch probably don't make much difference.  Whether I like a watch with shoulders or not, really depends on the watch.  Some watches look great without them, like the old vintage manual wind Daytonas...yet today we are used to modern ones having them. 

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Wore this today, quick change into a DJ (x2) for Burns night supper


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After I get my Genta piece...

I am getting a Rad.

Very nice.
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Originally Posted by Dino944 View Post

I agree, today most sports watches, are sports themed watches that can be used for their particular sport, but are truly made for keeping up brand tradition/history.  The bulk of my Sub's wear and tear is at the office, not in the ocean.

they make them to look pretty. because most buyers, like you and me, wear them in temperature cold offices while they sit at a desk. the sportiest use most of them get is going to a bar lol.
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Originally Posted by Cleav View Post

Wore this today, quick change into a DJ (x2) for Burns night supper Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

yes please.
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

After I get my Genta piece...

I am getting a Rad.

Very nice.


I'm surprised by this, did I just miss/ignore your affection for them, or did you not vocalize the Rad love much?

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